Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Creanouk - I Love Neutrals

Hello again you beautiful artist,

Anouk here to share another art journaling page. I have a massive love for neutral colours in my art journal. This wasn't always the case though. My earlier pages contained all the colours of the rainbow. But lately my work has been all about neutral colours with the occasional pop of colour. There's just something about the colour of old book papers mixed with grounded coffee, lace trims and a bright pink that makes my heart sing!

I even dedicated a whole journal for this special combination. It's made with tea stained paper, a recycled cover of faux leather and some vintage dyed fabric. I love to make small journals to explore a certain style in. This journal is already half filled with pages full of pink, neutral pages embellished with vintage lace and fluorescent pink splatters.

For the page that I made today I used the gorgeous Eucalyptus stencils by Rae Missigman. I used gesso as base layer with the mask stencil so that the colour I would layer on top of it would pop a bit more on the background. Working with a brownish neutral background can make your colours appear a bit more dull. That's why Gesso is my best friend in art journaling. A simple layer of Gesso applied through the outline part of the mask stencil makes a huge different. You can also do this when you are working on a more busy background. Just apply a little bit of gesso on the part that you want your stencil to pop out. Now you don't have to apply the next stencil on the directly to the gesso-ed part. Keep it fun and stencil it a few millimetres beside it. This will create a lovely dimension in your page. I used two different shades of pink in this page to layer my stencil. But if you wish you can always use two entirely different colours. Just have fun! Okay. Enough taking! I hope you enjoy the video.


Handmade journal Vintage Music and Book Paper
Amsterdam White Gesso
Mod Podge
Tea Bags
Instant Coffee
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint - Heather
Amsterdam Acrylic Paint - Fluorescent Pink
Amsterdam Acrylic Paint - Titan Buff
Ranger Ink - White

Thank you so much for reading my blog post. I hope that I have inspired you to create today! My name is Anouk or Creanouk on social media, and I'm an all-round creative from the Netherlands. I love art journaling because I can put my heart and soul into it. You can find my work on Instagram and Youtube.

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